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Monday through Friday isn’t for everyone

Young man distracted while on video call from his home during lockdown.
Young man distracted while on video call from his home during lockdown.
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With many physical offices closed for the foreseeable future, the regular workweek has seldom seemed like a more artificial construct for office workers. Commutes have been replaced by a short amble to the desk, if you aren’t just tapping away on your laptop from the heights of Mount Duvet. And the “weekend,” especially for those without children, has become a rather abstract concept.


Seeing our colleagues in their home environment is giving us a chance to create a more compassionate work culture

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I’m watching the weather on the local news.The meteorologist, from the earth-toned comfort of his home office, tells me to expect rain tomorrow. I can see out his window, where it looks like his neighbors are taking a casual stroll along the sidewalk. Briefly, his tablet stops working, and he sheepishly apologizes to me and everyone else who’s watching him.


You’re at home, during a crisis, trying to work

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Advice about working from home has been plentiful lately, including from us here at Forge: Establish a routine, organize your desk, take breaks, wear pants.


The conversations you need to have as you figure out how to work as a team

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I once managed a very talented graphic designer who could never seem to hit deadlines without staying late and working weekends. She was miserable. And as her boss, I was worried.


Here are dozens of ways to escape without leaving home

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In quarantine, vacation days seem like a relic from another era. If you’ll only be journeying from one end of your apartment to the other, why bother? Especially if you had to cancel an actual vacation — your big family camping trip, or that beach getaway with your best friends from college, or the world pastry tour you’ve been planning for months — the idea of taking a day to just stay inside right now can seem depressingly pointless.


An honest response to the question: ‘How do I deal with procrastination?’

A photo of a sleeping man on the couch, laptop on the floor.
A photo of a sleeping man on the couch, laptop on the floor.
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Last weekend, I hosted an Instagram Q&A and one of the questions posed to me was: “How do I deal with procrastination?”


We’re all learning new speech patterns now. Try not to zoomterrupt.

A guy on a video call as he is working from home in his living room.
A guy on a video call as he is working from home in his living room.
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The weirdest thing about doing all your meetings on Zoom is that videoconferencing makes you a co-worker of yourself.


Quarantine has illuminated my most annoying traits. But that might be a good thing.

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Journalist Rebecca Solnit recently wrote in the New York Times that “every disaster shakes loose the old order,” and though she was talking about political regimes, I’m finding it to be true of personal behaviors as well. Like many Americans, my wife Alex and I are self-isolating at home, and while we’re thankful that our conditions are comfortable (read: we don’t have kids), the unprecedented amount of time we’re spending together has illuminated a few of my more unsettling traits.


Because you’re co-workers now

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Earlier this year, my fiancée and I moved into a one-bedroom, open-plan apartment. Small, cozy, and stylish, it was the perfect place to come home to after a long day at the office. We did not know it would soon become our shared office as we went into quarantine.


The New Self-Help

It’s time to stop pretending our kids don’t exist

Book jacket cover of Expecting Better by Emily Oster
Book jacket cover of Expecting Better by Emily Oster

This story is part of The New Self-Help: 21 Books for a Better You in the 21st Century.

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